Leave the chocolate shaped hearts on the shelf and spend quality time working out with your loved one this Valentine’s Day. Dr. Belisa Vranich, sports psychologist and Gold’s Gym Fitness Institute member, provides you with five tips on how to strengthen your relationship, while increasing your natural libido, through exercising together.
1. Learn to be a good partner. “Be flexible about what your partner likes to do, it’s simply a matter of taste,” advises Vranich. If you push your partner to do an exercise they don’t enjoy, chances are they won’t feel inclined to hit the gym with you again!
2. Communication is key! Try to focus on doing exercises that require spotting. Spotting each other requires you to build excellent communication and trust, two vital things for a strong relationship. “Couples who workout together, and especially those that spot each other, have better communication because they know how the other thinks and are more astute to body language,” comments Vranich.
3. Don’t be afraid to get close. Doing exercises side by side makes couples feel like they are doing something physically productive together. Exercises such as squats require you to pay very close attention to your partner while keeping minimal distance from one another.
4. Encouragement is essential. Praise your partner for going to the gym every single time. “Always applaud them for a body part that looks good, and remember that it is better when criticism comes from within than without,” adds Vranich.